Thursday, 11th May 2006

Middlesex struggle at The Riverside


Vs: Durham

Match: LVCC 1

Venue: The Riverside

Day 1

A disappointing day for Middlesex ended with Durham leading by 186 runs with eight second innings wickets intact and two days left to play.

It took Middlesex just two overs to take the last Durham wicket when Johann Louw trapped last man Lewis LBW, the home side being all out for 348.

In reply, Middlesex lost Ed Smith in the second over of the innings when he was leg before to Onions for five. Owais Shah was quickly into his stride, taking nine off Onions fourth over and then hitting ten off the following over bowled by Michael Lewis including a hook for six over backward square leg.

Callum Thorp replaced Lewis at the Finchale End and had Hutton LBW with his second delivery. Ed Joyce joined Shah at the wicket and they saw Middlesex through to lunch without further loss at 96-2 after 29 overs. Shah reached his fifty off 78 balls (1 six & 6 fours).

Middlesex lost Joyce in the third over after lunch when he was caught down the leg side by Mustard off Onions for 14. Jamie Dalrymple was hit in the groin off the second ball he faced and was forced to retire hurt at the end of the following over in some discomfort. He was replaced by Nick Compton who was dropped at the wicket off the first ball he faced.

Owais Shah was also caught down the leg side off a delivery from Lewis for 68 (132 balls, 1 six & 9 fours) to reduce the visitors to 137-4. Ben Scott was caught at the wicket for four and Johann Louw was out for a duck as Middlesex slid to 161-6.

Jamie Dalrymple resumed his innings with Ed Joyce acting as his runner. Nick Compton was batting with increasing confidence and struck Ottis Gibson for a six over extra cover and one over long off in the bowler’s following over. Dalrymple also blossomed despite his restricted movement, taking sixteen runs from an over from Onions.

The Middlesex total advanced to 215-6 before Compton was bowled by Breese for 48 (off 66 balls, 2 sixes & 6 fours). Dalrymple departed in the following over for 36 giving Mustard his fifth catch at the wicket, and Melvyn Betts was out first ball bowled by Onions. Chris Silverwood hit Breese for six over mid wicket and with Alan Richardson added 23 runs for the last wicket before the latter was bowled by Lewis for nine. The Middlesex total was helped by 39 extras which included 26 in no-balls.

Middlesex took two early wickets when Durham began their second innings, with Chris Silverwood trapping first innings centurion, Maher LBW for 8 and Alan Richardson having Murchall caught at second slip. Here their success ended as Lewis and Pratt were still together at the close of play with the Durham total on 80-2 after 38 overs.

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